Mourinho ends Rooney pursuit as Chelsea sign in Samuel Eto’o
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be staying at Old Trafford this season. Well, at least Chelsea won’t be attempting to lure him to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has declared that his side is no longer in pursuit of the coveted English forward.
Mourinho made a clever jibe at Rooney for choosing to stay at Manchester United instead of joining Chelsea. The Portuguese tactician also blamed the striker for keeping Chelsea on the hooking for most of the summer transfer window.
Nonetheless, Mourinho admits he “respected” Rooney’s decision to remain at Manchester United. Mourinho insists the transfer saga is “finished” now and that he has turned his attention towards other matters.
“For all parties, it is finished,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “One thing is to tell you through other people that you want, you want, you want very much, but at the end of the day (nothing happens). Everyone had a right to decide his life his future, so I respect him.”
Mourinho is now reportedly in the hunt for a talented young striker with a low price tag. The former Real Madrid manager has already signed in a veteran by bringing in Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.
Eto’o, who used to play under Mourinho at Inter Milan, has been let go by the Russian outfit since the club’s owner wants to lower down the wage bill. The Cameroonian striker toppled Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in annual salaries a couple of years back.
In his interview to Sky Sports, Mourinho confirmed he had signed in Eto’o and looked forward to seeing him on the pitch this season.
“It is the end (of our signings),” Mourinho added. “Samuel gives us some other qualities in attack and some experience in a team that need experienced players."
Speculation about Juan Mata’s departure continues to flood the airwaves, although Mourinho shot down reports about the Spaniard moving to Manchester United once again. With only a day left in the transfer window to end, Manchester United manager David Moyes has little hope of signing in the Spain international.